Actor Jake Gyllenhaal made a low-key visit to Lyle’s, the restaurant from James Lowe and John Ogier found in Shoreditch’s Tea Building this week. The star of Donnie Darko and Brokeback Mountain was there on Wednesday evening.
Labour MP Chuka Umunna, once tipped as a potential party leader, was in Chelsea on Saturday night. He was seen dining at La Famiglia, the Italian restaurant in Worlds End. It was founded by Alvario Maccioni more than thirty years ago, and his daughter Marietta now runs the show.
Lily James, currently starring in Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again as a young Meryl Streep, took a break from a relentless promotion trail on Monday. She was at Pizza East Kentish Town with her boyfriend, The Crown actor Matt Smith. They ate outside and sipped on Bloody Marys.
Another busy week at Annabel’s. On Monday, model Kate Moss and singer Rita Ora met for lunch at the Berkeley Square members’ club. On Wednesday night, Robbie Williams was there, taking his wife Ayda Field for a slap-up birthday meal. Both have recently been announced as judges of the next series of The X Factor, so Simon Cowell joined them to talk shop.
The Tiffany Trump tour of London continues. The daughter of Donald Trump — the one he has not expressed interest in dating — was at The Arts Club for dinner last week, and Monday saw her head to St James’s for dinner at Quaglino’s. Considering her father’s links to Russia, it was an appropriate choice: they do an excellent Siberian caviar.
Bacon’s back on the menu: Richard Bacon, the former Blue Peter presenter who had a rather dramatic health scare earlier this month, is on the mend and in need of comfort food. So he and his wife made a beeline to The River Café — Ruthie Rogers’ beloved Hammersmith restaurant — for lunch on Tuesday afternoon.
It’s rather lovely to do this just 9 days later. @rebsbacon and I with two of our closest friends in the world, Los Angeles greats @sarahhendler and @animalvinny. (As a footnote, they simultaneously own / run quite a high proportion of the restaurants you SHOULD visit in LA, including but not limited to, Animal, Jon & Vinny’s, Petit Trois, Son of a Gun).
Ross Butler, the tween heartthrob who stars in controversial Netflix drama 13 Reasons Why, is in London this week. He’s staying at Marylebone’s Chiltern Firehouse and spared himself an unnecessary walk in this heatwave by dining downstairs on Tuesday. He has, nevertheless, been disappointed by London: “I have yet to hear anyone in London say ‘Blimey’ or ‘Bollocks’”, he tweeted. “Step your game up.”
Former Home Secretary Amber Rudd cooled off by the river on Tuesday evening. She and her daughter Flora Gill — whose dad was the late, great critic AA Gill — were in Paddington for a dinner at the London Shell Company, the delicious seafood restaurant found on a barge on the Regents Canal.